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Volunteers needed!

Headway Surrey is always looking for volunteers to support our services.  We have a variety of roles, either as a one off or regular volunteering.

Marketing Volunteer  


Headway Surrey is a well-established local charity covering the whole of Surrey, supporting adults who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury and their families.  1 in 3 people during their lifetime in the UK will get a brain injury.  This might be from a road traffic incident, a stroke, sporting accident, trip, fall, falling debris, work accident, combat, assault, domestic violence, meningitis, brain tumour, hypoxia, encephalitis, aneurysm, bleeds on the brain and many more issues. 

The charity needs help with marketing to raise awareness to the general public about its services, so that when someone needs help, they remember the name Headway Surrey and can seek help.  In addition, the charity needs marketing to advertise how brain injury occurs and the types of brain injury, London Marathon places, and encourage giving and partnerships from all types of people, companies and groups, schools, sports groups etc. 

We are looking for someone who is a self-starter and self-motivated, who can think outside the box and help us improve our marketing.  We need the person to commit for a minimum of one year and of course as it is marketing, it can be done remotely.  Or if you wish to be in an office situation, you would be welcome to work from the office. 

If this role fits you and is of interest, then please do apply. 

This role can help you to develop the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Organisation
  • Written Communication
  • Time Management
  • Marketing



Chairman or Chairwoman Wanted

We are looking for a new Chair to take the helm in October 2023 or 2024.  If you are interested, please phone for a chat or send a C.V. and covering letter indicating why you are interested in this opportunity, and what you would bring to the role.  01483 455225 

We are a really friendly bunch and very supportive.  6 Board Meetings per year, 6pm-7pm either on Zoom or at the Guildford Centre and the AGM meeting.  

Chair role is for 4-year term of office and provided with a comprehensive induction and support programme.

If you would like to help make a difference to the lives of adults living with brain injuries, we would love to hear from you.   

Volunteer Counsellors

We are looking for volunteer counsellors, Year 4 or 3 (with Year 1 completed successfully within an accredited counselling course). To help Headway Surrey provide a short-term counselling service to survivors of acquired or traumatic brain injury (clients) and their carers / families living in Surrey and its borders.

Headway Surrey counselling service’s purpose is to offer more people this time limited specialist service to enable their long-term well-being.

The role will offer the counselling volunteer an opportunity to train with us and learn about brain injury and become a part of the Headway Surrey team.

The role is to work directly with the clients and carers / families of those affected by brain injury, offering short-term counselling sessions (six sessions, with the option to extend to eight), writing notes and report summaries. Attending induction training and supervision sessions (10 per year).

Please send your CV to Kat Howard:

Centre Helpers

Wanted to:

  • Support clients to do their worksheets using English, Maths, Reasoning skills and creative writing.

  • Playing board games, chess.

  • Taking part in seated boccia, pool, Tai Chi.

  • General conversation. 

  • Art or crafts.

  • Quiz Masters to help run a monthly Friday morning Quiz online, possibly part of a rota of people. 

  • Help with Special Interest Groups that we would like to establish.  Eg. Sewing Bee, Knit and Natter, Shedway, Book Club, Walking Group, Film or Music Appreciation, car or bike groups, gardening. 

01483 454433

London Marathon Admin Volunteer

To co-ordinate emails to our runners.  We have 7 spaces and it involves general emails to keep in touch with everyone, answer any arising queries and to forward any updates from the CEO to the runners.   Ensuring sponsorship pages are set up on Just Giving or other platforms.  Sending occasional emails of encouragement to keep up with training and fundraising. After the marathon, sending thanks and then re-advertising for the next year. 

Chasing runners (not literally!) for photos and quotes for our website and social media is one of the jobs.   It can be fun and interesting to meet new runners (usually remotely) and follow their story. 

About 1-2 hours a week average and it would suit a friendly and organised email confident person.  This volunteering role can be done remotely at a time that suits you. 

It's very rewarding to see their sponsorship targets rise.  They have to reach £2,000. 

The London Marathon is now held in April.


Fundraising Volunteers

A variety of volunteers to help with:

  • Awareness Tables at different venues in Surrey
  • Raffles
  • Tombolas
  • Gift sales tables
  • Collecting tins and foreign coins.
  • Donations of items the charity needs. 

These roles are busier in the summer months and may be outdoor events.  Very varied and never a dull moment.  In the past, we have had one-off stands at RHS Wisley, various High Streets, fetes and fairs, shop entrances, schools, hospital entrances, scouts jamborees etc. Hand out leaflets, sell raffle tickets or gifts, every event is different.   

We usually set up a rota for all day events and volunteers can offer 2 hour slots or longer.  We normally have 2 volunteers working together as a minimum.

We also need people to help set up and take down our gazebo and table.  Volunteers for this would need a car and be able to carry/set up a gazebo.  

We need people who have a local club, pub or shop that would take a collecting tin.  You could be our volunteer for swapping it with a new empty tin every 3-6 months.

Great opportunities to feel that you are making a difference.  Guaranteed to meet different members of the public,
01483 455225

Admin Volunteers

To help with: general admin, research on internet, adding details to CRM, following up enquiries, Friends of Headway Surrey admin, general admin, thank you letters.

01483 455225

What our volunteers say

David S  2017-2022
Still volunteering in 2022.

"I have been volunteering at Headway for over 10 years. I enjoy assisting the clients in the various activities and outings and look forward to a big game of pool at lunchtime.   Staff, clients and volunteers all contribute to the fun atmosphere." 

Ian P 2017-2022
Still volunteering in 2022.

"I started volunteering at the Centre in 2017. Initially my reason for volunteering was the chance to give something back to the community but it quickly became something much more than that.

Thursdays are spent with the Centre staff and other volunteers helping members with, amongst other things, cognitive, executive and life skills.

It is so rewarding to see the progress of members improving their skills over the weeks far beyond what might have been expected. This is all done in a caring environment where learning is made fun and enjoyable."


Headway Surrey is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is based solely on a person's merit, skills, experience and qualifications directly related to professional competence.  Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of disability, age, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.  

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